Ripples & Reflections

"Learning is about living, and as such is lifelong." Elkjaer.

Posters

I quite like making posters (graphorisms, if you will), to collect up ideas from readings, articles, science and the like. I find orgnising the thoughts into something visual and attractive helps clarify them for myself and they add a splash fo colour to otherwise texty blogposts. I often attach them to tweets, and these tend to generate more interaction that text links alone.

I usually use the Creative Commons search to find suitably-licensed Flickr images (if I don’t have my own). I edit them in GoogleSlides, using a partly-transparent text box at the bottom for citations and the ColorZilla Chrome colour picker add-on to match the colour palette.

Here are some recent posters. I have started to see images in the world as potential slides.

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If we reflect only backwards, we miss the possibilities of the journey ahead. Original image on Flickr Creative Commons: https://flic.kr/p/51EBTV

If we reflect only backwards, we miss the possibilities of the journey ahead. Original image on Flickr Creative Commons: https://flic.kr/p/51EBTV

Really engaging with current issues in education - in particular assessment - is like taking the red pill in the Matrix, opening up a new world of challenges but ultimately improving (hopefully) practices.

Really engaging with current issues in education – in particular assessment – is like taking the red pill in the Matrix, opening up a new world of challenges but ultimately improving (hopefully) practices.

MandelstamSwallow_Vygotsky_iBiologyStephen

“I forgot the word I wanted to say, and thought, unembodied, returns to the hall of shadows.” OE Mandelstahm quote by Vygotsky.

Image: 'This is Sujatmi'  http://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00/2726218408 Found on flickrcc.net

Image: ‘This is Sujatmi’
http://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00/2726218408
Found on flickrcc.net

I like this quote, and have it up in my lab. The photo is the roof of a temple nearby.

I like this quote, and have it up in my lab. The photo is the roof of a temple nearby.

 

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Quotes from Educationalists

Bente Elkjaer is a Dewey scholar and her writing on the pragmatic approach to inquiry has been influential on me.

Bente Elkjaer is a Dewey scholar and her writing on the pragmatic approach to inquiry has been influential on me.

Inquiry_Elkjaer_iBiologyStephen

The ever-quotable Grant Wiggins.

The ever-quotable Grant Wiggins.

JohnDewey_isms_iBiologyStephen

I find this quote – almost 80 years old – to be as pertinent now as it was then. It would seem that differences in educational ideologies can be heightened by

JohnDewey_ExperienceMovingForce_iBiologyStephen

John Dewey is close to my heart in terms of an idealistic approach to inquiry – his books are rich material for quotes and guiding principles.

John Hattie Quotes

Principles of effective instruction, according to John Hattie in his TED Talk, based on his Visible Learning meta-analyses. Video link: youtu.be/rzwJXUieD0U

Principles of effective instruction, according to John Hattie in his TED Talk, based on his Visible Learning meta-analyses. Video link: youtu.be/rzwJXUieD0U

The non-effect of #EdTech, according to John Hattie in his TED Talk, based on his Visible Learning meta-analyses. Video link: youtu.be/rzwJXUieD0U

The non-effect of #EdTech, according to John Hattie in his TED Talk, based on his Visible Learning meta-analyses. Video link: youtu.be/rzwJXUieD0U

A summary of System I & System II (Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow), by Kahnemann. That's my son, Samudra.

A summary of System I & System II (Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow), by Kahnemann. That’s my son, Samudra.

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Science Education

The role of physics lecture demonstrations in conceptual learning. Paper link: http://mazur.harvard.edu/publications.php?function=display&rowid=708 Image link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/86530412@N02/7984171587

The role of physics lecture demonstrations in conceptual learning. Paper link: http://mazur.harvard.edu/publications.php?function=display&rowid=708 Image link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/86530412@N02/7984171587

Pacific Rim, silly as it is, makes for a fun movie. Kaiju means 'monster' in Japanese. Artist unknown.

Pacific Rim, silly as it is, makes for a fun movie. Kaiju means ‘monster’ in Japanese. Artist unknown.

James Lovelock on the challenge of really teaching people about the environment, from this Guardian interview: http://gu.com/p/3zx4j

Eric Mazur on the Conservation Laws as the big ideas (concepts) of Physics. Screenshot from this video of him introducing his new texbook: http://youtu.be/AO7Hk3sVNJA

Eric Mazur on the Conservation Laws as the big ideas (concepts) of Physics. Screenshot from this video of him introducing his new texbook: http://youtu.be/AO7Hk3sVNJA

Recent Princeton Psychology paper, with neat experimental design. Read write-ups at the Atlantic or Washington Post. Full paper in Psychological Science, but library access needed.

Recent Princeton Psychology paper, with neat experimental design. Read write-ups at the Atlantic or Washington Post. Full paper in Psychological Science, but library access needed.

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